Excellent Panama canel cruise

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Norwegian Bliss

15 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Miami To Los Angeles)

Sail date: March 30, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Bliss

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9192

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Excellent cruise, mostly older couples, very few children on this cruise. Staff friendly and helpful. Shows very busy - book early. Atrium level 6. Music too loud. Don’t visit guest services while shows are on. Avoid lifts use stairs where possible - buffet/ pool level 16 how many stairs can you climb. Consider this when booking your room.


5 out of 5
Quick and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Could do with more daily specials

The Observation Lounge

5 out of 5

Favourite daytime spotWatch out for turtles, flying fish, and sea lions, or relax a read a book

The Local

4 out of 5

Handy for out of hours burger

The A-List Bar

4 out of 5

Great for pre dinner drinks


4 out of 5

Fun night out. Good cocktails, tender steak,

Taste Restaurant - Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Great steak

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

4 out of 5

Enjoyed outside bar during sail away

Savor Restaurant - Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Enjoyed the nachos

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

Great food. Formal venue

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

4 out of 5

Great outside venue. Good food

Garden Cafe

4 out of 5

Can get crowed at at times embarkation day, disembarkation breakfast, and after short port days. Good daily specials otherwise same food.


3 out of 5

Good ice cream, huge drinks but overpriced

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Great food, good service

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Race Track

4 out of 5

Great fun.


5 out of 5
Carvern club too small but music excellent. Jersey boys excellent, Didn’t enjoy Havana, prohibition fun.

Bliss Theater

5 out of 5

Comfortable venue

Children's Programs

Did not use. Room steward

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward excellent, buffet staff very helpful, always friendly, waiters all friendly and helpful

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
All areas clean and well maintained. Lifts very small especially for those with mobility aids. Atrium level 6 - music much too loud, impossible to communicate with guest services during shows.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Mini suite smaller than some others. Comfortable, clean,

Ship tip

Book shows early

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

2 out of 5
Fort and walled city Interesting but Disliked being taken to tourist shops twice on tour

Panama Canal Transit

1 out of 5
When going under bridge make sure you are on level 18

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Did 10-1 tour. Good tour except hate being taken to tourist shop during tour should be end of tour only

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Amazing volcano hike. Ensure you are up to walking up hill on uneven surfaces for 2hours. (Horse ride available for those who can’t / don’t want to walk it.

Acapulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
Cliff divers and lunch Good excursion

Mazatlan, Mexico

3 out of 5
Beach day at a resort Plesant day, over priced. Take your own taxi

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Luxury yacht sail and snorkel Great day, fantastic crew. Not brilliant snorkelling - not a lot to see but still a great day

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Did not visit port

Straight to the airport


3 out of 5
Slight delays in customs hall

Traveler Photos

Volcano hike Mini suite 9192 Bathroom with bath En-suite with bath
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